Kerala floods: death toll reaches 86 in worst monsoon in nearly a century

Kerala floods: death toll reaches 86 in worst monsoon in nearly a century
 

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India’s Kerala state on Thursday as the death toll reached 86 with fears for dozens more.
Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the southern state popular with overseas tourists.
Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said the state now faced an “extremely grave” crisis with downpours predicted to last for days. The region’s main international airport, in Kochi, has been ordered closed until 26 August.
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17 August 2018 in World News, Views: 66
Source: Guardian
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